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What do you look for in a writing group?






What do you look for in a writing group?


If you've some experience of writing groups, good or bad, I'd appreciate your input.

Poll #1841662 Writing groups

Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of a writing group

Yes
36(94.7%)
No
2(5.3%)

If 'Yes', why did you hope to gain from joining?

I wanted to get critique/feedback on my own writing
30(33.7%)
workshops/presentations on writing-related subjects
10(11.2%)
Critique groups with other writers in my genre
22(24.7%)
Networking
23(25.8%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments
4(4.5%)

If 'No', is there a particular reason why not?

Yes
1(25.0%)
No
2(50.0%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments
1(25.0%)

When you attended your first few meetings with the group, was there something which made a big impression (good or bad)?

Yes
16(47.1%)
No
14(41.2%)
If 'Yes' please explain in a comment
4(11.8%)

What would make you leave a writing group?

Not a good fit for me/my writing
29(19.0%)
Membership fees too expensive
18(11.8%)
Too far away
18(11.8%)
Uncomfortable atmosphere
29(19.0%)
Unfriendly atmosphere
29(19.0%)
Too few members
9(5.9%)
Too many members
12(7.8%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments
9(5.9%)


If there's something not covered in the poll, please feel free to leave a comment anyway. I'm particularly interested in things which made a big impression on you, either in a good or bad way.


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Walter Giersbach
May. 21st, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Writing Groups Aren't Marriage Contracts

I've been in three groups, sequentially, moderate one now and believe strongly in them for the networking, the critiques that uncover "gotchas," and friendships. I severely dislike writers who come to the group for psychological therapy, who drift away from the thread of discussion, and who fail to learn or respond seriously to the challenge of writing. I hate terribly large groups. And, I would never join a fee-based group unless Stphen King or Orson Scott Card was the moderator.

There may be some additional thoughts in a piece I posted to Flash Fiction Chronicles on "Why Writing Groups?" (http://www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/why-writing-groups/#comments).
jongibbs
May. 21st, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Writing Groups Aren't Marriage Contracts
Thanks for the link, Walt :)

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